Aren’t we all the same?

When I was in Kiribati last October, I also had a close friend of mine working for an Aboriginal community in the middle of Northern Territory.  We met each other when we were both living in Manchester, UK in 2009 and our friendship began when she came up to me at work (we had started…

Living among the ancestors (and people with no teeth)

As most of you know 11th November is Remembrance day. In Kiribati, it is also Remembrance day but they take it to another level. On the 11th everyone goes to the graves of their deceased family members and decorates the grave. They clean the area, decorate it with coconut leaves and balloons and then cover…

Women of the Pacific

In previous posts I mentioned how wonderful the women in my family are.  I have also previously mentioned that there are huge domestic abuse issues on Kiribati. Yeah, this isn’t such a happy topic is it?  But nevertheless, a topic that must, must, must be out in the open. Unfortunately almost every I-Kiribati woman I…

Harmonising and shaking my hips

Most people would know that when you return from a holiday or time spent away it’s usually life changing, inspiring, shocking, tough, challenging or heart-warming.  If you strike it lucky, it’s all of these. Before I left to Kiribati, I wrote on this blog that I was going so I could ‘feel’ I-Kiribati.  I wanted…